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6
Jan

Article: Preserving Our Children

Assalamu Alaikum.

“What will happen to our children if we die?’

Sigh. This seems to be the standard line of nearly all the mothers I’ve come across.

Here’s an article that gives us the answer to this question. I’d advise all the parents to read it.

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http://www.subulassalaam.com/articles/article.cfm?article_id=40

Preserving Our Children

Reference: Noor al Iqtibaas : P.12

Author: Ibn Rajab al Hanbalee

Allaah may preserve a servant’s children and grandchildren due to his righteousness, as was said regarding the saying of the Elevated;

{…and their father was a righteous man } [Al Kahf: 82]

That they were preserved due to their father’s righteousness [1].

Muhammad ibn al Munkadir stated: ‘Indeed Allaah preserves the children and grandchildren of a righteous man, even the town that he lives in and the area around it. They continue to be preserved by Allaah.

Ibnul Musayyib said to his son: ‘My son! I will increase my prayers for you, hoping that Allaah will preserve me by preserving you.’ He then recited the saying of Allaah:

{…and their father was a righteous man } [Al Kahf: 82]

‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azees stated: ‘There is not a believer who dies except that Allaah preserves him/her by preserving his/her children and grandchildren.’

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[1] The Ayah reads: “And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was a treasure under it belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord. And I did them not of my own accord…”

Ibn Katheer stated: “This verse is evidence that a righteous man is preserved by the preservation of his offspring, and they benefit from the blessings of his worship in the life of this world and the next, they benefit from his intercession for them, raising them to the highest level of Jannah so that they may be the pleasure of his eyes, as is affirmed in the Qur-aan and Sunnah.”

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Note: Remember that one is supposed to worship Allah simply because it is Allah’s right to be worshipped. If one were to worship Allah so that one’s children were to be taken care of after one’s death, then that means worshipping Allah has become the means and that the preservation of the children has become the end, and that is not correct.

The end is always worshipping Allah. Preservation of the children is a result of trying to reach the end.

Here’s an article that will explain this issue in a much better way.

9
Sep

Some more Resources for Eid

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, Ramadan is over and I’m back.

Taqabalallahu minnee wa minkum (may Allah accept from me and from you).

I had already put up some Eid resources. However, there are some more:

[Click on the title to go to the website or download the article.]

1. Eid 101 Flash Presentation by Muhammad Al-Ahareef – Very nice indeed (especially for those who moan about lack of time).

2. Eid Greetings, Cards and Gifts by Muhammad Al-Jibaaly.

3. When Eid and Jumuah (Friday) coincide by Various Scholars.

4. What should be done if Eid coincides with a Friday by Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzan.

A few points:

– Please remember that Friday itself is a day of worship. It has many virtues and there are  certain acts that are prescribed for this day.

[Note: The time on Friday when duas are accepted is either the time between the two khutbahs (lectures) in the Friday prayer or in the last hour of Friday (i.e. the hour before Maghrib on Friday). There is an authentic hadeeth that shows that it is the latter but the former is still a good time to do dua as well.]

– Eid is a big test for all of us. Sadly, it’s easy to forget about Ramadan on this day. So what do we do? Well, we should try to do the following:

1) Do the things prescribed for Eid e.g. ghusl, Eid prayer, et.

2) Turn the good acts into ibaadah e.g. visiting relatives and taking care of guests are acts of worship if we do it with the intention of pleasing Allah.

3) Don’t miss the fard prayers no matter what.

4) Don’t sleep without at least reading one page of the Quran. As most people will be busy entertaining the guests throughout the day or visiting friends and relatives, try to do this early in the morning or at night (before sleeping).

5) Try to recite Surah Al-Kahf. The time is from Maghrib on Thursday to Maghrib on Friday,

6) Don’t forget the morning and evening duas. Even if you say them a bit late, make sure that you say them! Also, don’t forget to do dua the hour before Maghrib.

7) Try to stay away from sin. If you mess up, do istighfar ASAP.

8) Try to remember Allah as much as you can throughout the day. Is it befitting that you struggled to remember him for 30 days and then promptly forgot about him on the 31st day?

Have a good Eid.

PS. The Shawwal fasts can be done from the 2nd of Shawwal onwards. We don’t have to do it from then but we can. I’ll post more on this tomorrow, insha-Allah.